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CAA – Confusion over Channel airspace restrictions

There has been some confusion over restrictions for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations over the Channel. This is partly due to the way the French produce NOTAMS and how the third party apps presents them. Manned and unmanned aircraft pilots seeing a large restricted airspace structure over the south

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Vestas brings in Sulzer Schmid and WKA Blade Service to inspect 1,250 wind turbines in under 12 weeks

Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering UAV technology for rotor blade inspections, and WKA, the leading blade inspection and repair service provider, have been enlisted by Vestas to conduct a massive and challenging drone-based blade inspection campaign in Scandinavia, on a staggering 1,250 wind turbines in less than 12 weeks.

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Algorithm to Prevent Drone Crashes

Verity Studios, which is behind some of the highest-stakes drone flights in the world, has introduced a software algorithm it says can prevent quadcopters from crashing during unexpected propulsion system failures. “There are already numerous cases of drones crashing to the ground (sometimes injuring people) for no apparent reason,”

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Belarus Introduces New UAS and EW Jammers

Belarus officials inspect the Grach UAS, which can carry light weapons. (Photo: Milex/Belexpo) At the MILEX 2019 defense industry exhibition held in Minsk from May 15 to 18, Belarus introduced the Grach, a light multi-purpose unmanned aircraft system (UAS). It is a multicopter capable of conducting reconnaissance missions with sensors

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Bantek to Distribute Drones by US

Bantek, Inc., a distributor of products to the U.S. Government, an environmental/construction services provider and reseller of drones and drone training, today announced the signing of a distributor agreement with Drones by US. Michael Bannon, Bantek’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to work with Drones by US. The

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DHS Concerned that Chinese Drones are Stealing Data

Chinese-made drones may be sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there, the US Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert issued Monday obtained by CNN. The drones are a “potential risk to an organization’s information,” the alert from

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Kespry Launches BYOD -Bring Your Own Drone -Program

Kespry, the leading drone-based aerial intelligence solution provider, today announced its new BYOD (Bring Your Own Drone) program. It includes a new platform pricing model designed to meet the expanding enterprise aerial intelligence requirements of multi-site mining companies and large-scale residential and commercial property insurers. Kespry now offers a single

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Terra Drone’s LiDAR mapping UAVs are helping Indonesia recover from 2018 double disaster

Sulawesi, Indonesia – For the first time ever, Light Detection and Ranging technology (LiDAR) is being used to create maps for post-disaster recovery efforts in Indonesia. Terra Drone Indonesia, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is using drone-mounted LiDAR technology and photogrammetry to create high-resolution maps of

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Delair introduces open payload version of DT26 to enable custom configuration of sensing capabilities

New Delair DT26 Open Payload model offers spacious removable container to house sensors or extra cargo within easy-to-integrate architecture TOULOUSE, France – May 21, 2019 – Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, today introduced a new model of its popular long-range UAV, the Delair DT26, which offers

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Autonomous Drone Plays Dodge-Ball

In this video, you’ll see how researchers at the University of Zurich have equipped an autonomous drone with an “event camera” that allows it to avoid moving objects while in flight. Event cameras only send data when the pixels in its field of vision change

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Flying Into the Storm

Researchers from CU Boulder will fly drones into severe storms this spring and in 2020 in one of the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigations of meteorological phenomena ever.

Project TORUS – or Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells – is a partnership between CU Boulder, the University

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Redkite WAMI Sensor System on Show at SOFIC

Logos Technologies will be exhibiting an updated version of its lightweight RedKite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), held on May 20–23, in Tampa, Florida. Mounted on a variety of manned and unmanned aerial platforms (including Group 3 UAS), RedKite can image and

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Dynetics to Build 100 kW Laser for US Army

The US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command has selected a Dynetics-led team to develop an experimental 100 kW laser weapon system for its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). On 15 May, the company announced that it had beat out Raytheon to receive a USD 130 million contract for

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Wing to Launch Air Delivery Program in Finland in June

In the coming weeks, Wing will begin delivering goods to residents of Helsinki, Finland. It’s a pilot we’re conducting in the city’s Vuosaari district, delivering fresh Finnish pastries, meatballs for two, and a range of other meals and snacks within minutes, via Wing aircraft. Vuosaari is an inspiring locale for

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Empirical Systems Aeropace receives AS9100:D an ISO 9001:2015 certification

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), a leading Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) System design, development and manufacturing services provider announced today receipt of AS9100:D and ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard certifications. ESAero has certified the manufacturing centre in San Luis Obispo, CA, as well as

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CNN report DHS have Chinese drones in crosshairs again

On the day that Google pulled the Play Store for future Huawei phones and tablets, CNN reports that the Department of Homeland, Security Cyber and Infrastructure have issued another memo about Chinese RPA and equipment. They have strong concerns, which really does not sound too definitive! “The United States government

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